Public perceptions of self-driving delivery vehicles have improved substantially in China as these systems deliver medical supplies, food, and disinfect streets during the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
An online periodical reports on the acceptance of autonomous delivery systems in China.
Made Public Date
04/17/2020

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Wuhan
China

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Beijing
China
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2020-00958

A Chinese firm that makes driverless delivery vans is thriving amid the coronavirus outbreak

Background

Chinese based self-driving delivery van manufacturer Neolix has seen a significant increase in orders since the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Autonomous delivery is being seen as a solution to labor shortages and a need for social distancing. Neolix produced 125 self-driving delivery vans from May 2019 to January 2020, but since the COVID-19 outbreak, has received more than 200 new orders.

Lessons Learned

Since the COVID-19 virus outbreak:

  • Local Chinese authorities continue to incentivize the purchase and operation of self-driving delivery vehicles.
  • One manufacturer (Neolix) indicated that public perception of these systems has improved substantially.